Due to artist illness, it took me much longer than expected to complete Joshua. Of course, mommy got a little lonely. So here's some pics to say, "Hi Mom!"
With the Interim Review all done, we're ready to seal the skin. Sealing is the process of adding a clear varnish to the doll that will help protect all those many hours of painting from staining and scratching. At the same time, you can build up layers of varnish and texture it to look like tiny pore or wrinkles in baby's skin. This time I used Dewy Skin Medium and I'm very pleased with the results.
I've been reborning for a long time. Yet, I'm still filled with wonder and amazement the moment that a vinyl doll kit that I've been painting for weeks suddenly, magically and miraculously transforms into a lifelike doll baby.
Thanks to the beautiful weather and my north-facing back deck, I was able to carefully inspect Joshua's painting in direct and indirect natural light. He's so beautiful! I even carefully shaded a crease into his nose to look even more like the baby he represents.
Next stop: sealing the paint and prepping this little guy for rooting.
The Interim Review at CustomDollBaby.com is a mini photo shoot of the painted doll kit to help me determine if any more tweaks are needed. I got to do a pre-interim review shoot. We still have a little more blushing to go, but he is looking very sweet!
I felt like I was still missing the golden undertones I was seeing in Joshua's baby picture, so I mixed up a little concoction of yellow and raw sienna to warm him up a bit in the pale spots. Now that's better!
With such beautiful weather, I went outside to record my long-anticipated heat-set painting curing tutorial. I couldn't resist the urge to get some photos of Joshua in natural light.
Painting the creases on a reborn doll is SUPER time-consuming. It took me all day just to crease one kit. But I would never neglect to do it!
Creasing creates the illusion of depth in the skin folds and wrinkles on the doll kit. Creasing and shading key areas of the doll brings out the detail of the sculpt and makes your blushing look amazing. I'm sure I've got several more hours of creasing to go, but he's looking great so far!
It's 12:30am, I'm exhausted from the day's work, but somehow I can't take my eyes off little Joshua. Sweet little guy. :)
If Dracula were a doll artist, this step would make him hungry. LOL
Veining is the process of painting lightly colored blue veins on the doll. Added with mottling, veining creates the subtle look of blood flowing under the skin - just like on a real baby!
Mottling your reborn doll adds the appearance of blood flowing under the skin for a truly lifelike doll baby!
I suffer from migraines and on days when I'm not feeling well, I don't want to risk working on any of my custom dolls. So I decided to spend what little energy I had getting organized. Thanks to these fancy new "shoe boxes" I purchased and my massive new peg board, I have the peace of a place for everything and everything in it's place. Every baby has a box full of his/her supplies. Every part has a spot to dry. It is such a relief knowing I'm not going to lose anything. Sweet, sweet organization!
Today Helaina and Joshua got their first few coats of paint.
The Real Effect vinyl is always a little too orange for me, so we started with a Neutralization Layer. Then the Base Coat. I've complained in the past that Flesh 08 is too pale for my purposes. So today I created a custom complexion adding Genesis Red and Raw Sienna to the Flesh 08 to get a more peachy color. This is going to look so nice on the complexion layers!
I also started the mottling. Wheew! My arms are tired from all that painting! LOL
Joshua is a Lifelike Portrait Baby Doll created in the loving memory of a real baby who is no longer with us. Based on Lillesol by Sabine Altenkirch, Josh is a limited edition of only 600. He is 20" long and will wear newborn sized real baby clothes. He's going to look so much like his namesake!
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Hi! My name is Kim. I am a reborn artist based in NC. I have been creating dolls since I was a child. I discovered the art of life-like baby dolls in 2011 and have been reborning ever since.